Treatment-Refractory Schizophrenia: A Clinical Conundrum by Peter F. BuckleyTreatment-Refractory Schizophrenia: A Clinical Conundrum by Peter F. Buckley

Treatment-Refractory Schizophrenia: A Clinical Conundrum

byPeter F. BuckleyEditorFiona Gaughran

Hardcover | April 1, 2014

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Schizophrenia is often associated with an inadequate response to pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments. How to treat patients who have an unsatisfactory response to anti-psychotics, including clozapine - which is unequivocally the most powerful antipsychotic medication for this recalcitrant population - remains a clinical conundrum. A range of adjunctive medications have been tried with mixed results; there has also been renewed interest in the role of neuromodulatory strategies, electroconvulsive therapy, and cognitive and vocational approaches. Perhaps a bright spot for the future lies in the evolution of pharmacogenetic approaches for individualized care.

In this book, leading experts from Europe, Australia and the Americas provide a timely appraisal of treatments for the most severely ill schizophrenia patients. This clinically focused book is informed by the latest research on the neurobiology and treatment of schizophrenia. It is comprehensive in scope, covering current treatment options, various add-on approaches, and a range of psychosocial treatments. The contributors are respected experts who have combined their clinical experience with cutting-edge research to provide readers with authoritative information on fundamental aspects of clinical care for schizophrenia.

Title:Treatment-Refractory Schizophrenia: A Clinical ConundrumFormat:HardcoverDimensions:230 pagesPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3642452566

ISBN - 13:9783642452567

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Table of Contents

Definitions and scope of treatment-refractory schizophrenia.- Biology of schizophrenia: Is treatment-refractoriness synonymous with severity of illness.- Evolution of refractoriness.- Medical and psychiatric comorbidities: Complicating treatment expectations.- Overview of pharmacologic treatments and guidelines.- Clozapine: Gold standard treatment for refractory schizophrenia: Now or never.- Augmenting clozapine and other antipsychotic medications: Pharmacologic choices and differential outcomes.- Augmenting clozapine therapy: Emerging neuromodulatory strategies.- Cognitive remediation for refractory schizophrenia.- Psychological and familial therapies for refractory schizophrenia.- Vocational performance of patients with chronic schizophrenia.- Refractory schizophrenia and the criminal justice system: A failure of continuity of care and a real challenge.- Personalized medicine: A 'game changer' in the care of patients with treatment-refractory schizophrenia?

Editorial Reviews

"This book is an excellent collection of chaptersthat collectively comprise the clinical and scientific knowledge base aboutrefractory schizophrenia. . For psychiatric practitioners, both prescribers andtherapists, who manage schizophrenia on a daily basis, this book is a must ownreference because of the wealth of helpful information between the covers."(Henry A. Nasrallah, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Vol. 76 (9), September,2015)"This interesting book reviews treatment strategies and management options for those suffering from treatment-refractory schizophrenia (TRS). . The target audience includes psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. Any clinicians who treat severely ill patients with psychiatric disorders would benefit from reading this book. . This is an exceptional book covering a current critical issue for psychiatry and the patients suffering from unremitting psychosis. I highly recommend it." (Michael Joel Schrift, Doody's Book Reviews, July, 2014)